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Gregory P. Smith
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Software, Bicycles, Snow, C, Python & Linux
Software, Bicycles, Snow, C, Python & Linux

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"sports drinks are not a substance found in the natural world."

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Looking back on the dirt out-n-back viewpoint after climbing Mt. Umunhum (the cube up top).
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On this week's On the Media, Kate D'Adamo and EFF's Elliot Harmon explain why SESTA/FOSTA is dangerous for marginalized people online.
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This is a well written write-up of the plethora of hurdles that needlessly get put up pushing women away from cycling.

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The Bike Bunny visited.

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"How could one empower users to account for their private data, while at the same time helping platform providers identify malicious software better?"

"By providing users with the equivalent of a bank statement for app/software activity."

A good idea. Logging activity is the norm on the server side as a means to analyze the system behavior for all sorts of reasons.

This wouldn't prevent loss of control of data on every specific individual. Once an application has done something the user didn't want even once, it is too late for their data. But if you feed the rejection of logged activity back into a reputation system for the application (more than just an app store rating) a low enough reputation can be used to automatically deny the application such access from other users - it would raise the stakes against user hostile behavior.

If you log exactly what an application accessed, that also provides an audit trail users could be empowered to use to hold the application service owner accountable for.
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Throw yourself back to April, 2010: "founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was removing restrictions on user data retention within Facebook applications. Previously, the company had a policy where developers couldn’t “store and cache any data for more than 24 hours,” Zuckerberg said while speaking to the audience of Facebook developers crowded into the San Francisco Design Center on Wednesday. “We’re going to go ahead and…get rid of that policy,” he said. The audience cheered."

Scrolling through my unused Facebook account, looking for things to delete I stumbled upon me posting that link eight years ago. What a key decision that Facebook made which they're pretending they are sorry for.

They're not sorry. Allowing their customers (app developers) to scrape data from their product (you, the users) has indirectly netted them many billions of dollars since. You only feign sorrow after the horse has left the barn so that you could stuff more cash in there.
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Breeding the robber barons subjects of tomorrow.
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